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Craig Davidson is the author of Rust and Bone, which was made into a critically acclaimed film; Sarah Court; and The Fighter. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and his work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, and The Washington Post. He lives in Toronto.

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"Davidson writes fearlessly about cruelty, gleaming cartilage and a friendship built of broken bones." --Time Out New York "A master of boxing and fight scenes, Davidson knows that behind those violent moments lurk the layers of emotion and dysfunction that hold many relationships together." --BuzzFeed, "15 Highly Anticipated Books from (Mostly) Small Presses" "Davidson makes Cataract City itself into a character, and brilliantly evokes life in a gritty industrial town. . . . The characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout. To live in Cataract City, Duncan observes, is 'to accept many disappointments'; Davidson's novel, on the other hand, lives up to its promise." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "The icy chase scene that brings things to a head is worthy of Hitchcock, and Davidson's writing is assured and nuanced even while giving tough-guy noir a good working over. 'It's a big world out there, ' our narrator tells us. So it is, and while you wouldn't want to live in this corner of it, it's well worth a visit." --Kirkus Reviews "Craig Davidson not only dives headfirst into the deep end of thriller fiction, but perfects it while showing the dedication and skill needed to jump in the first place." --The Summerset Review Davidson writes fearlessly about cruelty, gleaming cartilage and a friendship built of broken bones. "Time Out New York" A master of boxing and fight scenes, Davidson knows that behind those violent moments lurk the layers of emotion and dysfunction that hold many relationships together. "BuzzFeed, "15 Highly Anticipated Books from (Mostly) Small Presses"" Davidson makes Cataract City itself into a character, and brilliantly evokes life in a gritty industrial town. . . . The characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout. To live in Cataract City, Duncan observes, is to accept many disappointments'; Davidson's novel, on the other hand, lives up to its promise. "Publishers Weekly, starred review" The icy chase scene that brings things to a head is worthy of Hitchcock, and Davidson's writing is assured and nuanced even while giving tough-guy noir a good working over. It's a big world out there, ' our narrator tells us. So it is, and while you wouldn't want to live in this corner of it, it's well worth a visit. "Kirkus Reviews" Craig Davidson not only dives headfirst into the deep end of thriller fiction, but perfects it while showing the dedication and skill needed to jump in the first place. "The Summerset Review"" "Davidson writes fearlessly about cruelty, gleaming cartilage and a friendship built of broken bones." --"Time Out New York" "A master of boxing and fight scenes, Davidson knows that behind those violent moments lurk the layers of emotion and dysfunction that hold many relationships together." --"BuzzFeed," "15 Highly Anticipated Books from (Mostly) Small Presses" "Davidson makes Cataract City itself into a character, and brilliantly evokes life in a gritty industrial town. . . . The characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout. To live in Cataract City, Duncan observes, is 'to accept many disappointments'; Davidson's novel, on the other hand, lives up to its promise." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review "The icy chase scene that brings things to a head is worthy of Hitchcock, and Davidson's writing is assured and nuanced even while giving tough-guy noir a good working over. 'It's a big world out there, ' our narrator tells us. So it is, and while you wouldn't want to live in this corner of it, it's well worth a visit." --"Kirkus Reviews " "Craig Davidson not only dives headfirst into the deep end of thriller fiction, but perfects it while showing the dedication and skill needed to jump in the first place." --"The Summerset Review" Praise for "Cataract City" "Davidson writes fearlessly about cruelty, gleaming cartilage and a friendship built of broken bones." --"Time Out New York" "A master of boxing and fight scenes, Davidson knows that behind those violent moments lurk the layers of emotion and dysfunction that hold many relationships together." --"BuzzFeed," "15 Highly Anticipated Books from (Mostly) Small Presses" "Davidson makes Cataract City itself into a character, and brilliantly evokes life in a gritty industrial town. . . . The characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout. To live in Cataract City, Duncan observes, is 'to accept many disappointments'; Davidson's novel, on the other hand, lives up to its promise." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review "The icy chase scene that brings things to a head is worthy of Hitchcock, and Davidson's writing is assured and nuanced even while giving tough-guy noir a good working over. 'It's a big world out there, ' our narrator tells us. So it is, and while you wouldn't want to live in this corner of it, it's well worth a visit." --"Kirkus Reviews " "Craig Davidson not only dives headfirst into the deep end of thriller fiction, but perfects it while showing the dedication and skill needed to jump in the first place." --"The Summerset Review" Praise for Craig Davidson: "Davidson smudges the line between comedy and horror, cruelty and mercy. His remarkable stories are challenging and upsetting. Don't look for comfort here." --Chuck Palahniuk "Craig Davidson's sentences flash like punches, clean and fast and brutally beautiful, and within a few pages you'll find yourself off-balance and cornered, unable to defend yourself, bruised by this gripping, dangerous knockout of a novel about a town and a friendship divided." --Benjamin Percy, author of "Red Moon" and "The Wilding " "Craig Davidson asks--and answers--some big, uncomfortable questions about the nature of our humanity." --Irvine Welsh "Davidson smudges the line between comedy and horror, cruelty and mercy. His remarkable stories are challenging and upsetting. Don't look for comfort here." --Chuck Palahniuk "Craig Davidson's sentences flash like punches, clean and fast and brutally beautiful, and within a few pages you'll find yourself off-balance and cornered, unable to defend yourself, bruised by this gripping, dangerous knockout of a novel about a town and a friendship divided." --Benjamin Percy, author of "Red Moon" and "The Wilding " "Craig Davidson asks--and answers--some big, uncomfortable questions about the nature of our humanity." --Irvine Welsh

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